Duterte finds Iceland criticism too hot

July 13, 2019
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has criticized Iceland after the country endorsed a resolution seeking a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Duterte said the Nordic island nation does not understand problems faced by Manila.

“Anong problema ng Iceland? Ice lang. That’s your problem, you have too much ice, and there is no clear day or night there... You can understand no crime, there is no policeman either and they just go about eating ice,” he said in a speech during the 28th anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

“Itong mga g*go, you don’t understand the social, economic, political problems of the Philippines,” he said.

Iceland has described itself as “a progressive, modern society that continuously ranks at the top of measurements for quality of life, such as the United Nations Human Development Index.”

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted the Iceland-backed resolution that called for a report on Manila’s human rights situation, including extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s drug war.

The Philippines has rejected the resolution which was approved by 18 countries.

Fourteen meanwhile voted against it while 15 abstained during the poll held in Geneva Thursday.

Presidential  spokesperson Salvador Panelo has described the resolution as “designed to embarrass” the Philippines.